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Although it is more common to see tattoos in Asia, there are very few countries in the world where you will not find at least one person with a tattoo. Of all the places you might visit, these are some of the most unusual locations.
Although India is home to many millions, there are only three cities that claim to be “tattoo free”. Those bold enough to try and enter these cities must have an understanding parent or guardian; either their parents must agree to the ink stain on your skin, or vice versa.
In Russia, they mean what they say when they advertise ‘no needles’ visits. These days, anyone can get anything done in Russia without too much trouble. Back in the Soviet years, however, especially before the fall of the Iron Curtain, getting a needle inserted into your finger was quite another story.
Needles were hard to come by, and if you did manage to acquire one, it was usually pretty expensive. For someone on a limited budget, going for a facial, arm or ankle piercing was out of the question.
Fortunately, our friendly neighborhood member from Estonia had some information about this matter. It sounds crazy, but I assure you, people really do live here!
It is illegal to possess or apply for a tattoo in New Zealand unless you are covered by federal law (which does not include state laws).
It’s also against the law to buy, sell, or use tattoos as currency . Punishments range from $15,000-50,000 dollars per offense, depending on the severity of the accusation.
In addition, it is forbidden to have more than one tattoo at a time. Tattoo shops cannot be opened later either.
Anyone can put a tattoo on someone else that breaks the rules above; it is only illegal if performed under legal authority — your local county sheriff or city police officer.
Recently, some Korean celebrities have been photographed with their names brandished inside trendy zippered bags. The photos have attracted a lot of attention as people become more accepting of tattoos.
But what many may not know is that it’s actually illegal to tattoo in Korea. Breaking this rule can be punishable by law.
In addition, businesses advertising “tattoo sessions” for extra money are fake. All applicants must go through the formal process at a local embassy or consulate.
Furthermore, foreigners who ask for permission to work as tattoo artists need to attend an intensive training course for them to begin operations. There are very few foreign citizens who have obtained these permissions and are allowed to practice abroad.
Although it is allowed, there are restrictions which can probably be considered exceptions to the rule. Namely, no tattoos are permitted on your face or lower legs-same for piercings too.
Anyone who breaks this rule will receive a fine. Additionally, when applying for employment, you are required to supply proof of any approved piercing and/or tattoo.
This includes registered letters from doctors regarding any medical conditions associated with said accessory.
As well as being prohibitive in cost, getting ripped off by a tattoo parlor is also an option in NZ. Parlors often don’t ask for payment up front, so that money goes into their pocket rather than yours.
It is illegal to tattoo yourself in New Zealand. Anyone who performs this illegal act can be fined up to $10,000.
You cannot advertise that you have been tattooed or display your ink elsewhere in public for the same price.
Advertising the fact that you have tattoos is also an offence and could result in a fine. Foreign visitors should note that it is now legal to have one small tattoo as long as it does not hurt nor distract others while in public.
Illegal may include advertising hair styles which are shorter than the regulations allow, wearing clothing of a type associated with organized religion, including masks such as bunny ears and red noses, without official permission. The list of things that are officially prohibited varies from place to place but is usually displayed by local police.
Although it is socially acceptable, there are several restrictions that have been put in place governing where and when you can apply for a tattoo.
Applying to get a tattoo becomes more of an administrative task than a legal one, so any country will work.
There’s also only 2 places in New Zealand where you can actually get a tattoo – nothing beyond what has already been approved by these 2 shops.
They are called Get A Custom Shop (GAC) and Urban Punks (URB).
Both offer amazing custom designs as well as having a wide range of pre-made artworks created by staff artists. Both locations have indoor facilities so whether you’re out on the street or in a public park, you safety is not at risk.
It is illegal to tattoo yourself in New Zealand. Anyone who has done this can be fined up to $10,000.
You cannot allow people to have self-tanners or other chemicals for personal use if you do not like what they see.
It’s also against the law to give someone else any kind of tanner or chemical without their permission. If you are offered one, you must insist that they come buy it from you.
Anyone found guilty of allowing someone to get a tattoo or memento tint will face heavy fines and potential criminal charges.
In New Zealand, it is illegal to tattoo anyone below the age of 18. If you are aged 18 or 19 and want to get a tattoo, your guardian has to agree with the application. Anyone over 19 can get a tattoo without any permission from a parent or guardian.
In most cases, parents will be too busy or distracted to say no to a teen asking for a tattoo. They may also not know what options are out there for their kids.
However, if you live in New Zealand and ask for a tattoo at a store, they must refuse you service. Why? Because legal representation plays a significant role in defending against crimes by individuals who should not possess tattoos.
Because of this law, thousands of people in New Zealand cannot have ink on their bodies.
As of August 2016, it is illegal in New Zealand to work illegally with less than 10 years’ experience. Also, it is very difficult to remove your name from the national identity register (Niarcha).
However, these measures are only taken because of a fear of losing money by employers who want shorter, more unskilled workforce. It also prevents illegal immigrants changing their nationality or removing their names from the registry.
It has been reported that around 95% of people do not change their nationality when they live in New Zealand permanently. Removal of names is very expensive and time-consuming.
In addition, there is no way for people to legally change their gender or race on their IDs, which raises some privacy concerns.